We have one hive that was started from a nuc, back in early June. The hive swarmed, in July, and has since recovered very nicely. With two deeps in place, they have drawn comb on all frames (10 frame deeps), with lots of brood and stores. During the last couple of inspections, including this past weekend, we noticed that they are drawing comb on the top bars of the bottom deep, and this comb contains what appears to be drone larvae (very large, compared to the normal brood). When removing the frames from the upper deep, these larvae are exposed by having the comb torn away.
I don't want to harm any bees, if I can help it, but how am I supposed to keep from doing any damage when they're building in places that leave me no choice?
Does it really harm the hive for me to tear away this burr comb with larvae in it? Should I just scrape it all off, and show'em who's boss? I've seen videos of beekeepers who use their hive tool to scrape away any burr comb, seemingly without regard for what is inside. I lack the intestinal fortitude to do this, but I want to be the best beekeeper I can, and, if that means a little "tough love", I suppose that's what I'll have to do.
We didn't take pictures, this time, so I can't really show what I'm talking about, but you can probably imagine what I'm describing. We didn't go into the brood chamber, this time, either. I removed the upper deep, and lifted the lower enough so that the wife could replace the screened bottom board with the solid, in preparation for winter, then we added another medium on top of the two deeps, and put the feeder back on with some 1:1, in the hopes that they'll store enough for the cold season to come.
Any thoughts on how we should proceed in dealing with the burr comb on top of the frames?